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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Naval aviation progress comes in fits, starts

E-2D Advanced HawkeyeThe Navy is in the midst of sweeping changes in aviation, particularly in the future carrier air wing.

As engineers continue to develop the F-35C Lightning II, the carrier variant of the stealth aircraft that has suffered repeated delays, service officials are trying to ensure an adequate number of F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets are available to operate at sea.

In addition, the Navy is bringing on a new early warning aircraft and beginning the shift from a twin-engine cargo aircraft for carrier onboard delivery to the tiltrotor aircraft now flown by Marines.

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